Is the EU mission IRINI a designated failure?

Is the EU mission IRINI a designated failure?

After the disapproval expressed by Libyan Prime Minister Al Serraj in a letter to UN Security Council, the Minister for the Interior of the Libyan Government of National Accord has confirmed the position of the government about the efficacy of operation IRINI.

In a twitter, minister Bashagha confirms that the EU’s Operation IRINI in its present arrangement is defective. Minister Bashagha sustains that IRINI lacks means to halt weapons shipments and mercenaries arriving mainly from the UAE to support Haftar’s militias by land and air.

The harsh words of minister Bashagha predate Tripoli’s refusal to general Haftar ceasefire proposal. Indeed, the National Agreement Government led by Al-Serraj had rejected the offer of a truce made by Haftar’s spokesman, Ahmed Al Mismari, after the strongman of Cyrenaica a few days before had announced a coup against the civilian authorities still loyal to Tripoli’s government in the east of the country.

Soon after, Khaled al-Mishri, President of the High State Council of Tripoli, the legislative body of Libya, provocatively affirmed that Libya was at war against the Emirates because the Gulf monarchy is now the general’s most reliable patrons. Yet, Haftar may have understood that his sponsors, Egypt and Russia, are currently looking for an exit strategy to end the long-lasting conflict.

Two days ago, the general announced the truce during Ramadan, which began a week ago.
Haftar announcement followed the self-proclamation of “head of all Libya,” as the end of the 2015 Skirat agreements, based on which the Tripoli GNA was born.

The government counter-offensive severely hits general Haftar’s troops in Tripolitania, which finished in the present siege of Tarhuna. Haftar now faces the risk of being placed on the sidelines. The determination to endure the fight against Haftar is confirmed by the government’s new attack on Ain Zara, one of the hottest fronts close to Tripoli. The goal is, as in Tarhuna, to weaken Haftar’s men.

Italy, the UN, the United States, but also by Russia, his acknowledged sponsor, have condemned Haftar’s rejection of the Skirat agreement. France has not joined the position of the western allies, so far. Instead, France officially endorses the European Union support to the GNA, while allegedly ensuring to the strong man of Cyrenaica diplomatic attention, logistical and intelligence support.

According to Algerian news agency “Aps”, the President of the Algerian Republic, Abelmadjid Tebboune, Algeria was very close to a solution for the Libyan crisis, but it was not allowed to proceed. In this background, he mentioned the rejection of the appointment of Algerian diplomat Ramtane Lamamra to United Nations special envoy to Libya.

Tebboune reaffirms its will to support the Libyan people while condemning the problematic situation of Libya’s civil war, particularly during the holy month of Ramadan. Tebboune affirms that Algeria desires Libya’s popular legitimacy and an intra-Libyan solution. According to the Algerian President, the key to the Libyan crisis is an interim national council and a national army to form a provisional government before entering a time of electoral legitimacy”.

Tebboune tells that notwithstanding national policy recommends that the Algerian army does not trespass the borders, it could – theoretically – still deliver help and support to the Libyan government.

George Costa

George Costa is a reporter specialized in defence and security systems. He covers international defence and security issues, such as international conflicts, WMD proliferation, and cybersecurity, as well as news reporting on developments in the global defence community.